The Political Economy of the Bretton Woods Agreements

“The Political Economy of the Bretton Woods Agreements,” in The Bretton Woods Agreements, ed. Naomi Lamoreaux and Ian Shapiro (New Haven: Yale University Press, Forthcoming).

17 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 19, 2019

Abstract

This essay analyzes the sources of the Bretton Woods Agreements and the system they created. The system grew out of the international economic experiences of the previous century, as understood through the lens of both history and theory. It was profoundly influenced by the domestic politics of the countries that created the system, in particular by the United States and the United Kingdom. It was molded by the conflicts and compromises among the signatories to the agreements, as they bargained their way up to and through the Bretton Woods Conference. The results of those complex domestic and international interactions have shaped the world economy for the past seventy-five years.

Suggested Citation

Frieden, Jeffry, The Political Economy of the Bretton Woods Agreements (March 19, 2019). “The Political Economy of the Bretton Woods Agreements,” in The Bretton Woods Agreements, ed. Naomi Lamoreaux and Ian Shapiro (New Haven: Yale University Press, Forthcoming)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3355948

Jeffry Frieden (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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